Archive for June, 2011


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Reservations are rolling in for our next women’s sea kayaking, snorkeling, whale watching adventure to Baja, January 28th 2012 with Blue Water Ventures. This is an amazing adventure, from desert to sea!
Trip Highlights
* Kayaking through mangroves and from our secluded base camp of Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez
* Unforgettable Encounters with Cailfornia Gray Whales, Magdalena Bay on Baja’s Pacific Coast
* Snorkeling with Sea Lions and Colorful Reef Fish in the blue waters of Baja
* Beach combing for treasures along beautiful deserted beaches
* Delicious local seafood caught and prepared by our Mexican Crew
* Skiff supported base camps with spacious tents
* Naturalist-led hikes, snorkeling excursions and whale encounters
* Sunrises and Sunsets over magnificent desert scenery
*Swimming alongside a filter feeding harmless shark that may be over 30 feet in length

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Every February, a group of women head to Baja to snorkel with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. In the last 18 months Kim Powell, owner of Blue Water Ventures has searched for whale sharks on 8 occasions and has swam with them each time. Join Blue Water Ventures as explore the Baja Peninsula, swimming with whale sharks, sea lions and reef fish. We then head to the Pacific side for extraordinary encounters with California Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay.

Our next all women’s adventure to Baja is January 28th- February 6th, 2012 followed by an optional whale shark snorkel extension. Check it out at: http://www.bluewaterventures.org

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Imagine fine tuning your eskimo roll on a remote deserted island in the Caribbean. Join Blue Water Ventures on an all women’s adventure to Belize. We will kayak through ancient Mayan ceremonial caves, dance with the Garifuna children of Hopkins Village, snorkel over acres of coral reefs and fine tune your eskimo roll (or watch the show under the shade of a coconut palm tree!)

Look for the next blue adventure at: http://www.bluewaterventures.org


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Join Blue Water Ventures every February as we snorkel with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez!

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Looking for the ultimate Baja Adventure? Join Blue Water Ventures every February as we have eye to eye encounters with California Gray Whales, Whale Sharks and Sea Lions. Our next adventure is January 28th-February 5th, 2012 and is designed as a trip for women. Included is an optional extension to swim with the world’s largest fish, the Whale Sharks, february 6th-8th.

People have described this adventure as “life changing” on their “bucket list”.

Join us!

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
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email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Dear Teachers

Blue Water Ventures is committed to providing truly unique outdoor educational programs for your students!

Launching from Pillar Point Harbor, we’ll have a leisurely paddle through the protected and scenic harbor. Cormorants, pelicans, terns and harbor seals join us for our evening paddle. Fall is a beautiful month to be on the water especially when experienced from a kayak. Across the harbor we can beachcomb, explore tidepools and have a shore lunch before paddling back. A very popular activity with students is pulling a large seine net to examine our catch and continue our discussion of animal adaptations.

The cost of your field trip is only $44 per person with a complimentary trip for one teacher chaperone. 10:00am-3:00pm<a

Tandem style closed deck sea kayaks are used which are very stable and easy to paddle. This trip is appropriate for beginners and/or people intrigued by the natural history of our coast.

Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator and Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
http://www.bluewaterventures.org
email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Dear Teachers:

Looking for a really unique experience for your students? We hope you consider joining us on our most popular field trip, kayaking in the incredibly rich wetlands of Elkhorn Slough. Blue Water Ventures offers a unique program that includes activities in the water and on land to reinforce our outdoor curriculum. While most outfitters spend only a few hours on the water, we feel we offer something special for your students.

Our Elkhorn Slough curriculum typically includes: wetlands ecology, endangered species, natural history of sea otters, harbor seals, sea birds. Etc and cultural history. Leadership and teamwork are key components of your field trip. After lunch, we can pull a large seine net and examine our catch. You can let me know what other specific topics you would like covered.

We offer a leisurely paced, full day in Elkhorn Slough (9:30-2:00) for only $34 per person with a complimentary trip for one teacher. if parents are driving, they often join us which can be helpful. Parent chaperones also pay the student rate of $34.

Be sure to check us out at: http://www.bluewaterventures.org

Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
http://www.bluewaterventures.org
email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Belizean Piranhas

Known as Pica Culas (ass biters) in Costa Rica, The Mayan Tetra, Hyphessobrycon compressus has a voracious appetite! They belong to the large freshwater family, Characidae which includes the notorious Red Bellied Piranha of the Amazon Basin. While kayaking underground in the heart of the Belizean rainforest, we provided a meal for the Pica Culas!

A soft layer of hair expands the surface area of a fishing spider allowing it to “walk on water” as it seeks its prey. Capturing a bubble of air, the spider submerges breathing though its book lungs, as it hunts for fish and aquatic insects. It may remain silent on a rock above the water’s edge detecting subtle ripples across the water. As its fore legs sense vibrations, it lunges towards its prey injecting it with venom. I first encountered these impressively large spiders while backpacking through the heart of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. On our recent expedition to Belize, we kayaked through a series of underground caves encountering fishing spiders, roosting bats and “Pica Culas” or Ass Biters, a small voracious fish that shares the same family as the Red Bellied Piranha, Characidae.